Bryce Harper, A-Rod and the 6 Best and Worst All-Stars of the Division Series
There is no better time than October for baseball fans.
The postseason is when average players become legends and legends become less than average. This season, there are a handful of big-name superstars who have been underperforming entering the final day of division series play.
The play that they are exhibiting is not that of simply slumping players, but slumping players with their seasons on the line.
Entering the final day of the divisional round, there has been one player who has led the way when it comes to the lowest qualified postseason MLB average.
Here is a look at six of the best and wort performers going into the division series' Game 5's.
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One of the most polarizing figures in baseball is also the worst hitter in the playoffs. Bryce Harper has only accounted for one hit in 18 at-bats this postseason, good for a .056 average. He has also struck out six times in those 18 at-bats.
With the Washington Nationals facing a do-or-die game in D.C. on Friday night, it is up to Harper to snap out of his funk to contribute to the team in order to pull out one more victory on the season.
The next player on the list is doing slightly better, but in the American League.
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Not too much can be said about his one. Alex Rodriguez has continued his awful postseason by going 2-for-16 in the current series. With runners on base this series, A-Rod has one hit and four strikeouts in six appearances.
It can all still be forgotten about with a win in Game 5 for the Yankees. But likely, fans will be talking about the pinch-hit experience over how bad A-Rod actually was doing.
Now on to someone who is completely locked in right now in the division series.
Curtis Granderson has been able to soar under the radar—if that is possible—on the New York Yankees, while Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher take all the blame for the team's struggles.
Granderson has been abysmal this postseason, however, racking up the second-lowest average of the postseason with one hit in 16 at-bats, good for a .063 mark. He has also struck out nine times.
With A-Rod and the rest of the Yankees slumping, it is imperative that Granderson causes a stir in Game 5.
Now it's time to look at guys who have stepped up as we enter the final two games.
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Craig has accounted for eight hits in 17 at-bats with a home run, three doubles and three runs scored. He will look to be the spark for the Cardinals in a must-win Game 5.
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Ian Desmond is 7-for-15 for a .467 average through the first four games of the series. He will need to be relied on in Game 5. Desmond has the highest average of anyone who has had more than four plate appearances.
If there is anybody you want up time and time again to win a series clinching game, it is Derek Jeter. He has proven that he is one of the most clutch players in the game. This series he has a .421 average with three runs, two RBI, eight hits, a double and a triple.
When the game is on the line, Jeter is the guy that every team wishes they had, and at the end of Friday, only one team will have him.